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Diane Elizabeth (Weiss) Cornforth

June 8, 2021 | 12 comments

Diane Elizabeth (Weiss) Cornforth, 79, passed away peacefully, June 6th, 2021 at her home in Onalaska, Wisconsin.

She was born November 7th, 1942, in La Crosse to William and Elizabeth (Lamb) Dell and was the oldest of three girls.  Diane married Howard Weiss in 1967, and he preceded her in death in 1973, together they had two children Howard “Bill” and Robert.   She married Richard “Wayne” Cornforth in 1975 and together they had two children Kimberly and Rick.

Diane graduated from Aquinas High School in 1961 and then attended vocational school in La Crosse at WWTC.  She met her first husband, Howie, while living in Milwaukee, they later moved to Waukegan, Illinois where she worked as a dental assistant.  After the birth of their two sons, they moved back to the La Crosse area in 1972 to be closer to family before his death in 1973.   Following his death, Diane started an interior decorating business with close friend Sandy Nerby.  She met her second husband Wayne on a job site.  Together they raised their family of four kids.  Diane dedicated her life to helping others, she worked nights as a caretaker at Lakeview Health Center to be sure not to miss any of her children’s extracurricular activities. Her children and grandchildren were the most important part of her life.  She enjoyed watching her 10 grandchildren compete in a variety of youth and high school sports cheering on the Onalaska Hilltoppers and Logan Rangers.  She was an avid sports enthusiast, she also enjoyed cheering on the Brewers and the Packers.

Diane always placed the needs of others above her own, following her retirement, Wayne and Diane began fostering area youth through Coulee Youth Centers and provided a safe place for area youth through the County’s Runaway Bridge Program.  They took in countless area children in their 15 years of service to the community.  Diane’s unconditional love and generosity is a legacy her family will carry on in her memory.

Survivors include her husband Wayne, her children Bill Weiss, Rob Weiss, Kim (Leo) Bronston, Rick Cornforth (Andrew Hafner); grandchildren Kadie (John) Chase, Wolfgang Weiss, Rozella Weiss, Tassia (Scott) Owen, BJ (Susan) Bronston, Jordan (Jessica) Bronston, Alec (Abigail) Bronston, Keaton Bronston (Hannah Botsford), Kiya Bronston and Kali Bronston; great-grandchildren William, Elizabeth, Lily, Caleb, Carver, Eliza, Leo, Samuel and Ezra, her sisters Nancy Tanke and Sue (Rick) Gates.

In accordance with Diane’s wishes, she will be cremated, and a celebration of life will be at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, June 13th at the Coulee Region Cremation Group, 133 Mason Street, Onalaska. A visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

For those unable to attend in-person, please follow this link to attend the service virtually. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81854393212?pwd=dTU0b3g5S2FTdXZzUXFyNE9OTTA2Zz09

A visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. until the time of service. As a health & safety precaution, masks are requested for those individuals who are not fully vaccinated for COVID-19. A private burial will be held for immediate family. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to a charity of your choice.



  1. Judy Vick

    So sorry for your loss. Diane was a special lady. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. God bless your family.

    • Paula Bantle

      Due and Nancy. The loss of Diane in your lives is truly sad. When I think of her I just remember Diane and all those kids. She loved being a Mom and Grandma. You have such great memories that wilk help to always keep her in your hearts.

  2. mary von arx

    I am so sorry for your loss. Diane was a special person. We had many good times together with our families. Always enjoyed visiting when we came home. I will miss her.

  3. Sandy Manglitz

    So sorry to hear. Diane was a good friend. We used to play softball together and she got me to help her paint and wallpaper for a few extra dollars. She will be missed. My condolences to your family.s.

  4. Tony Colbert

    To everyone in Di’s family, I can’t tell you how sad I was to hear of her passing. I have and my children have many many great memories of her and all of you. My thoughts and prayers are with her and all of you.

  5. Michaelyn Hyde

    So sorry for your loss. Diane will be missed by many.

  6. Barbara Jones

    Sorry to hear yet another death in our class.Seems like I am getting a lot of notices lately.Guess the years are passing quickly. Thinking of everyone a lot lately. Barb

  7. Holly

    So sorry for your. Diane was a wonderful, caring lady. Always enjoyed spending time with her. God Bless entire family.

  8. Jeff and Linda Heilman

    So sorry to read of Diane’s passing. Many, many great memories of all of the softball games over the years.
    Please know that we are thinking of all of you.

  9. Cindy Miller

    Sorry for your loss – she was always such a nice friend to me when Kendal and Kadie were friends.

  10. Jane Martell Podkalicki

    I am sorry for your great loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  11. Mary Hyde Hoffmann

    Terry and I were saddened to hear of Diane’s death and would like to extend our sincere sympathy to your family. We remember fondly all of the Christmases spent together with Diane and family on Nokomis Ave.
    We’re thinking of you during this sad time.


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